This study describes a rapid and simple method to determine short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) concentrations and their isotopic enrichments (M(0) + 1 and M(0) + 2) in human plasma. Sample preparation involves SCFA extraction and derivatization with 1-(tert-butyldimethylsilyl)imidazole. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry was performed using chemical ionization with ammonia as the reagent gas. Outstanding resolution, excellent linearity and good detection limits were obtained. Inter-assay and intra-assay repeatability was below 10% and 3% respectively for SCFA concentration. Inter-assay repeatability was below 5%, 4%, 6%, and 14% for isotopic enrichment determination of [1-(13)C]acetate and [1,2-(13)C(2)]acetate, [1-(13)C]propionate and [1-(13)C]butyrate respectively, with intra-assay being below 6%. Such SCFA concentrations and isotopic enrichments were determined in the plasma of rats infused with a (13)C-labeled SCFA. The turnovers of acetate, propionate and butyrate in rats were 19 micromol kg(-1) min(-1), 2.6 micromol kg(-1) min(-1), 0.3 micromol kg(-1) min(-1) respectively.
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